Newcastle could reignite their interest in Michy Batshuayi as it looks likely that the Belgian will be permitted to leave the club on loan in January, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.

Batshuayi has featured sporadically for the champions – starting in only five games despite scoring six goals. The 24-year-old Belgian is prolific and could prosper at a club where he will most likely be the number one striker ahead of Dwight Gayle and Joselu.

Batshuayi is clearly not in Conte’s plans; he has not featured even when Alvaro Morata has been absent through injury.  Morata limped off in the home defeat to Manchester City in September and Willian replaced the Spaniard, instead of Batshuayi.

Michy Batshuayi has been starved of opportunities under Antonio Conte.
Michy Batshuayi in action in Chelsea’s Champions League fixture against Atletico Madrid at home.

A rare starting opportunity against Palace did nothing to change Conte’s mind in a poor team performance. Recently, in Tuesday’s victory at Huddersfield Town, Eden Hazard played in a false nine role ahead of his fellow Belgian, which is clearly stalling his progress and development.

Compounding Conte’s lack of trust in the Belgian, Batshuayi featured in the Checkatrade Trophy victory away at MK Dons – something of a personal humiliation.

Newcastle has had a long-standing interest in the Chelsea outcast – scouting him when he was at Marseille. However, Newcastle’s transfer budget is uncertain due to a potential takeover in the Toon.

A potential loan deal could suit all parties due to it being a World Cup year, and Batshuayi needing to prove his worth to Roberto Martinez, the Belgium national manager.


Written by Chris Bradford

20. Chelsea FC. Student at University of Liverpool. Twitter: @ChrisUTC97

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